Propel Technology

Propel 7 combines patented data management technology with the flexibility of the Cloud to speed up Web browsing and reduce bandwidth consumption


Propel 7 delivers text and graphics more efficiently by using proprietary compression technologies that significantly reduce the size of Web pages and elements sent to the user's browser. Users can reduce bandwidth data by as much as 80% by choosing higher graphic compression levels in our easy-to-use Settings menus. Some image degradation will occur, but browsing speed will also increase as a result.

Compression is the key mechanism for accelerating first time page visits. Don't worry if you’ve set Propel 7 for maximum data compression and would like to view an image at full quality. For those using Internet Explorer or related browsers, you can quickly refresh an image or an entire page to full quality by simply right clicking the image or page background and selecting one of the Refresh With Full Quality commands.

Intelligent Caching

While web browsers do some level of caching, they only cache content on an object basis and often reload content needlessly due to unsophisticated cache control capabilities. In contrast, Propel 7 can reuse fragments of objects. Leveraging its patent-pending intelligent caching techniques, Propel 7 reloads content only when it has changed. This dramatically speeds up web browsing since far less content is being transmitted which results in correspondingly faster page load times.

Optimized TCP/IP Connections

A typical web browsing session requires hundreds of TCP/IP connections and DNS lookups to retrieve web pages. Propel 7 improves this process by efficiently managing and optimizing the communication between the computer and the Propel network of servers. Propel 7 requires only one TCP/IP connection at the start of the browsing session, and DNS lookups are shifted to the Propel Acceleration Servers where they can be carried out with low latency over high-bandwidth connections.

Block Web Ads

Propel 7 allows users to control the blocking of most advertisements that appear on Web pages. When blocked, the ad is replaced with a light gray box to ensure proper Web page layout is maintained. When the user wants to see the ad, they simply right click the gray box to view.

How It Works

Connection Types Supported

  • Mobile Broadband
  • Satellite & Fixed Wireless
  • WiFi
  • DSL & Cable
  • Dial-up

How Does the Propel Client Server Solution Reduce the Data Required to View Web Pages?

Propel leverages a cloud-based network of content acceleration servers to dramatically reduce the amount of data required to view Web pages. The figure below depicts the components of the Propel client-server architecture, and how they interact. Network diagram

Relationship #1

The Propel 7 client server software ("Propel Client") runs in the background on the user's PC / Mac as a local proxy. The Propel Client maintains a persistent connection to the Propel Network in order to eliminate the connections that need to be established every time the browser initiates a request. The Propel 7 client decodes and caches the content it receives from the Propel Network before sending it to the Web browser.

Relationship #2

The Propel Network sits between the Propel Client running on your PC / Mac and the Web sites you are trying to reach. The Propel Network consists of a collection of strategically deployed servers that manage connections and encode data received from the destination sites. By doing so, the Propel Network not only reduces the distance data must travel but also reduces the amount of data transmitted.

What content types are accelerated?

TextHTML / DHTML / text / JavaScript / CSS
Graphics & PhotosJPEG / GIFF / PNG / BMP /PDF
Banner AdsFlash / Animated GIFFs
EmailPOP3 / SMTP / IMAP (Windows only)

Client System Requirements

RAM 128 MB 128 MB (Minimum as per OS X)
PlatformsXP / Vista / Windows 7

OS X 10.2 or later on PPC Mac / 10.4 - 10.6 on Intel Mac (Coming soon for 10.7)

BrowsersInternet Explorer 5.0 or later /Firefox / Mozilla / Opera Internet Explorer 5.2 or later / Safari 1.2 or later / Firefox / Mozilla
Connections Any Internet connection. This includes wired and wireless broadband, satellite, wireless mobile data, 802.11 hotspot and dial-up connections.
Most ISPs are compatible with Propel 7*.
  * Propel will work with AOL, Wal-Mart Connect, CompuServe, MSN, Juno SpeedBand and NetZero HiSpeed using the browsers supported by Propel. The native browsers from these ISPs are not supported by Propel.